UAE evacuates diplomats from Afghanistan: Foreign ministry

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The United Arab Emirates has evacuated its diplomats from Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said in a statement to Reuters on Monday.

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The announcement came after Gulf neighbor Saudi Arabia announced it would be withdrawing all of its diplomats from Kabul.

Many countries including the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, and Spain have been hastily evacuating officials and citizens after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital on Sunday.

Afghans raced to the airport, the last area to be controlled by the government, in order to flee the country in chaotic scenes on Monday.

Five people were killed in the mayhem, although their cause of death was not clear, witnesses said.

US officials said that their troops had fired into the air as a warning after Afghans flooded onto the tarmac attempting to board military aircraft.

With agencies

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